Deborah Ogden is a certified Interior Designer (CID) that came to speak to out class about the industry of interior design. She explained many rules and regulations including which exams to take in California to become a certified interior designer, in California the exam is the IDEX California. Throughout her lecture she impressed upon the class how important it is to stay current with the laws in whatever state chosen to practice.

She explained license is required to use the title interior designer or interior decorator, but the Certified Interior Designer appellation is protected by law, so may only be used by qualified persons with current dues.

Deborah Ogden explained the difference between interior decorator and interior designers. in the industry interior designers generally have more training and are qualified to make changes in the actual spaces. Designers tend to be more involved with planning and overall design while decorators tend to be more involved solely with the selection of furnishings, colors and finishes.

The legal definition according to Deborah is ” A competent design professional who is qualified to design, non structural, non-seismic interior construction plans and specifications to local building departments.” Certified Interior Designers have demonstrated through education, experience, and examination, their knowledge of the Ca. Building Code as it relates to space planning, life safety, flammability, and disabled asses code issues, as well as through application of the energy-saving codes in CA t-24.

Certified Interior Designer Deborah Ogden, CID Is passionate about interior design, teaching, and life-long-learning. She served on the IDEX Exam Task Force and serves on the California Council for Interior Design Certification (CCIDC) She is also an Award-winning 26-year design-industry veteran, Interior design teacher at Ohlone Community College and Owner/Principal Ogden Studio Interior Design NCIDQ Certificate 19536

What i found most compelling was how many rules and regulations there are in the field. I feel compelled as a student to cross my t’s and dot my I’s when it comes to the knowledge of what actions/ practices the law permits. Deborah’s slides and lecture covered allot of information to assist with risk mitigation. Here are some of the key slides from Deborah’s Lecture.